City centre hotels are ‘struggling’ with occupancy reaching just 30% this summer

Many city centre hotels are ‘really struggling’ with a lack of bookings this summer, new research has revealed. Despite a 686 per cent increase in bookings over the last two months, many city centre hotels are still at only 30 per to 40 per cent occupancy, according to data from hotel technology provider Avvio. The huge … Read more

Cheapest and most expensive staycation destinations revealed

The cost of staycation accommodation across Britain has jumped by 41 per cent in the past year, new findings reveal. At an average cost of £2,040, the Highlands in Scotland is the most expensive place for a family of four taking a seven-day getaway in Britain this year.  That includes accommodation, travel, food and drink … Read more

Teletext Holidays: When will people be refunded?

Hundreds of frustrated Teletext customers have contacted This is Money to say they have been waiting months – even more than a year in some cases – for a refund.  Disappointed holidaymakers say they’re still waiting to receive thousands of pounds back after their holidays were cancelled but have been unable to get in touch … Read more

The £187 holiday that could cost you £4,000:  Beware Covid small print

Dirt cheap family holidays abroad on sale for just a few hundred pounds could end up costing travellers thousands. Travel firms have slashed the price of trips abroad after a 19-week ban on holidays overseas was lifted on Monday. Ministers revealed a ‘green list’ of 12 countries that people can visit without having to isolate … Read more

Pandemic travel insurance: Read small print carefully

There is a lack of clarity from travel insurers over how much protection their policies offer for Covid-related disruption, new research has revealed. This could lead to consumers losing money, and with less protection than needed, as international travel reopens, according to data from Which?. It found that many travel insurance customers are being left … Read more

UK hotel fears that rooms will be cancelled last minute

With some overseas travel opening this week, there are fears within the UK hotel industry that rooms will be cancelled last minute for those tempted by a holiday abroad instead.  Many booking websites and even hotels directly now offer fully flexible rooms to tempt travellers in, meaning they can be cancelled for free often with … Read more

Teletext Holidays threatened with legal action unless it pays £7m in customer refunds

Teletext Holidays could face legal action after failing to return more than £7million in refunds to customers, according to the competition watchdog. The holiday firm has failed to address complaints from hundreds of customers who claim they have not received refunds on cancelled trips within 14 days as required by law, the Competition and Markets … Read more

Best holiday deals for green list destinations and how to protect your booking

Holidaymakers waiting to book trips abroad will finally have answers today as the Government prepares to announce the countries on its ‘green list’ at 5pm. Whilst it is thought only a handful of foreign destinations will be on the low risk list, including Malta, Portugal and the Greek Islands, experts believe there is likely to … Read more

Holidaymakers stick to staycations this summer with demand up over 200%

As lockdown restrictions lift and the weather starts to turn warmer, thousands of Britons are planning their spring or summer escape. Although there are signs that travelling abroad may be allowed in the near future, albeit with a vaccine passport, many are avoiding the risk and sticking to a staycation for the second year in a … Read more

Could 2021 be the best year to bag a bargain UK city break?

Holidays. I spend plenty of time thinking, plotting and reminiscing about them. While my small family hasn’t felt sure enough to take the plunge for an overseas jaunt yet when rules allow, we have booked five UK trips in the days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined plans to end the full lockdown.  Essentially, self-contained … Read more